By Fred Kiva
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has directed people claiming the institution’s assets to present documentary evidence before April 30th this year.
In the March 9 letter, the Kingdom Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga said the directive is intended to streamline management of the cultural institution’s assets.
“In an effort to streamline management of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom assets, this is to request whoever purchased, leased or entered into any agreement to occupy/use Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom property to present documentary proof to office of the Prime Minister in any case not later 30th April 2018,” the letter read in part.
It’s not clear why the Kingdom has come up with such a move when all the kingdom structures are not well comprised. In January this year, Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru dissolved his cabinet naming only the Prime Minister.
The new Prime Minister has since been working with the Royal Commission. The seven member commission is headed by Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa, the former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
The commission is expected to consult widely before the new cabinet is announced.
The kingdom’s directive comes high on the heels of concerns by the royal family and some concerned subjects over the alleged illegal sale of kingdom assets. Plots of land neighbouring Karuzika Royal palace in Hoima town and at other cultural sites have allegedly been allocated to private individuals. Some of them have already been developed.
Members of the Royal family have always complained that funds realized from the sale of such kingdom assets are not received on the kingdom coffers. Last year, the Kingdom was at the center of controversy over alleged illegal disposal of the 10percent Kingdom shares in Kinyara Sugar Limited.
In January, Jonathan Akwetereiho, a concerned Kingdom subject in Masindi penned down an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga pointing out illegal sale of kingdom assets by some individuals and the general poor governance of the kingdom, as some of the issues that the new Prime Minister should tackle.
“It is estimated that over 70% of Kingdom properties can’t be traced and there’s no accountability for that at all. This can be reversed,” Akwetereiho said in his letter.